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The children will have one indoor and one outdoor session of PE each week. As the weather is still cold, the children are able to wear tracksuit bottoms and a sweatshirt when outdoors. We ask that all of the children have suitable footwear in school for these lessons to ensure that they are able to take part safely. For the indoor session, the children will be expected to wear their shorts and t-shirts, as usual. We do not encourage the children to wear jogging bottoms indoors, as they can be unsafe on the gym equipment. If your child has pierced ears, we request that they have some Micropore tape to cover earrings during the lesson if they cannot be removed.


Art Aprons: Please ensure your child has an old shirt or t-shirt in school to cover their uniform during art and DT lessons. If your child has not already done so, we politely remind you to send one in. Thank you.


Pencil Cases: This year we are continuing our policy that only small pencil cases will be permitted in school. As presentation is a continued focus this year, the school will provide pencils and handwriting pens for use throughout the day. Children must not bring felt tips, biros, compasses, scissors, smaller rulers and rubbers. Any large pencil cases or items which are not required will be sent home. We appreciate your support with this so that we can strive to improve the consistency of presentation across the school.


Welcome to Year 5




In Year 5 our teachers are Mrs Ratcliffe (Herons); Miss Shipley (Storks); Mr Bate (Cranes). We are supported by teaching assistants Mrs Jenkins, Miss McGovern and Mrs Oakley.



Friday 22nd March 2018

Cranes - whole class

Herons - Eve

Storks - Harry


Children have home learning set every Thursday. This will include an English and a Maths activity. Please can you encourage children to use their best presentation skills and use cursive handwriting.

Spellings – The English home learning booklet includes a list of ten words taken from the statutory Year 5 and 6 list and the eleventh word will be the word of the week. It would be very helpful if you could spend 10 minutes 2 or 3 times a week to focus on these words with your child.

Year 5 recommended reads:

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase – Joan Aiken

Varak Paw – SF Said

Wolf Brother - Michelle Paver

Street Child – Bertie Doherty

The Midnight Fox – Betsy Byars

Tom’s Midnight Garden – Philippa Pearce

FArTHER – Grahame Baker-Smith (picture book)

War Horse – Michael Morpurgo

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis

Black Beauty – Anna Sewell (classic text)

War Game – Michael Foreman

Cosmic – Frank Cottrell Boyce

Michael Rosen poetry



In English, we will be looking at a range of texts including Chinese myths and legends, a Chinese New Year story and the Willow pattern. This will allow the children to create their own narratives using a range of features. Additionally, in SPaG we will focus on modal verbs, speech and parenthesis.

In reading, we will continue to develop skills of inference and deduction and develop full answers for comprehension questions. To answer these questions fully children will be using ‘APE’;

Answer the question

Proof from the text

Extend or make an opinion or connection and make a summary statement.

We will continue to follow the Read Write Inc. spelling scheme, which involves the children practising a set spelling rule in a range of activities. In addition, we will continue the inter-class spelling competition. These spelling lists contain Year 5/6 words and the word of the week, these list are sent home every Thursday.

How you can help at home:

 Regular reading – at least three times per week. This could be your child reading to you or to themselves. Please can children write down their reads in the blue home learning diary.

 Spellings – take opportunities to discuss spelling patterns, common errors and definitions of words they come across in their reading or in daily life.


This year we will be continuing with the Read Write Inc spelling scheme which involves the children practising a set spelling rule in a range of activities. The children will practise these each day and be tested on a Friday. If you would like to support your child further with spelling, it is suggested that the children become confident with the words contained in the year 3/4 word list. 

Please click here for a copy of the Year 3/4 word list.

Please click here for a copy of the Year 5/6 word list.


In maths this term we will be focusing on the following areas:

 Multiplication

 Division

 Square and cube numbers

 Prime numbers

 Fractions

 Times tables

How you can help at home:

 Encourage them to practise rapid recall of times tables and related division facts [for example using Times Table Rock Stars].

 Discussing everyday application of

Maths e.g. weight, money, time, spotting Roman Numerals\


Our topic for this term is ‘Eastern Promise.’ We will look at physical and human features in China, population maps and we will study volcanoes and earthquakes. We are hoping to create an earthquake proof construction in DT.


On a Wednesday afternoon, each class takes part in Peacemakers. These sessions help build class relationships through circle time, giving everyone conflict resolution skills. Children will develop social and communication skills, emotional literacy and techniques for responding to conflict.


Please click here for the yearly Curriculum Overview